Posts Tagged ‘historic preservation’

National Public Housing Museum

Rendering of National Public Housing Museum from the corner of Adams Street and Taylor Street

The National Public Housing Museum will occupy the last building remaining from the historic Jane Addams Homes on a 0.8-acre site at the corner of Taylor and Ada Streets in Chicago’s University Village neighborhood. The original three and a half story with exterior masonry bearing walls and interior concrete columns beam and slabs, built in…

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Buffett Place

Colorful home sign made from salvaged wood at Fred and Pamela Buffett Place facing the lobby

Fred and Pamela Buffett Place seeks to define a new paradigm for sustainable preservation as it relates to affordable and supportive housing in Chicago. Engaging residents and the community to capitalize on local assets, inspiration, and potential, the project ultimately sets a new standard by creating a welcoming and therapeutic environment that promotes health, happiness,…

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Harvest Commons Apartments Receives AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Award

Harvest Commons Apartments was honored with a Distinguished Building Award during AIA Chicago’s 58th Annual Design Excellence Awards 2013 Designight at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom on Friday, October 25. The project, which includes 89 below-market affordable housing units and an additional 17 units of transitional housing for women recently released from prison, is a rehabilitation…

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Northwestern University Chapin Hall Dormitory

Located at 726 University Place on Northwestern University’s main campus, this 3-story Colonial Revival-style co-ed dormitory is Northwestern’s oldest dormitory, originally built in 1901. An ADA ramp was added to the building’s main entry in the spirit of the building’s style. All exterior work meets historical preservation standards. All mechanical, electrical, and plumbing was replaced…

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Harvest Commons Apartments

Street facing facade of Harvest Commons Apartments

Harvest Commons is a classic example of Art Deco architecture and an innovative model for community-based sustainable preservation. Originally built in 1929-1930 as a residential hotel for “modern living,” the building has experienced several transformations reflecting the cycles of growth, decline, and renewal of the Near West Side neighborhood. After falling into disrepair and closing…

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PRAA Cultural Center

The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and sharing Puerto Rican culture. The PRAA Cultural Center is an adaptive reuse of the abandoned Elbridge Fire Station located on Chicago’s northwest side. The Center provides space for public meetings and exhibitions, offices, art and music educational workshops, and public performances. The…

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Northwestern University 629 Colfax

1206 629 Colfax Front

629 Colfax is a two-and-a-half story wood frame single family residence built in 1920 and most recently occupied by Northwestern University student artist studios. The building could have easily been slated for demolition but was instead creatively rehabbed to salvage as much of the existing structure as possible, repurposing it from its original design as…

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North Pullman Place

North Pullman Place, located at 10461 N. Corliss in Chicago’s North Pullman Landmark District, was originally built in the 1880’s as a tenement house. The building exterior underwent a historic rehabilitation to meet Landmark standards. Some of the specific challenges included researching, documenting, and then incorporating historically accurate windows, the ornate front porch, decorative chimney,…

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